Aspire Atlantis vs Kanger Subtank Intro
In this article we take a look at the battle of the sub ohm clearomizers (the subohmizers). Aspire launched their revolutionary Atlantis sub ohm tank just before Kanger responded with their all in one sub ohm clearomizer.
We will look at the pros and cons of each sub ohm tank to help you make the right purchase!
Update: Aspire has launched the Atlantis 2 so head over to our Aspire Atlantis 2 Review. Kanger will also be launching their Subtank V2 (SUBOX Version), which will be an improved version of the original Kanger. Head over to our ultimate sub ohm guide for more info on all the sub ohm tanks.
We won’t get into too much technical detail on each tank, as we have done full reviews on each already. For more info on each, check out our two in depth reviews on them:
This is purely a short overview of the pros and cons of each tank and our recommendations on which to get.
Pros and Cons of the Kanger Subtank
- Massive e-liquid capacity: 6ml with the normal coils and 4.2ml with the RBA – that’s freaking massive!
- The kit is perfect for all types of vapers, as it comes with two different coils and an RBA:
- The normal 1.2ohm coil which can be vaped like any of the older Kanger coils on any battery
- The 0.5ohm sub ohm coil, can be used for sub ohming like the Aspire Atlantis coil
- The RBA can be rebuilt for those who like to build their own coils!
- The kit comes with lots of extras: the coils and RBA as mentioned, mini screwdriver, two replacement coils for the RBA, organic Japanese cotton, a beauty ring for recessed 510 connections and a readable and useful instruction leaflet!
- Vapor production is crazy on both coils and the RBA. RDA style vapor from a clearomizer!
- Flavour is delicious, more so on the 0.5ohm coil and the RBA, but the normal 1.2ohm is great too.
- You can use older Kanger coils in the subtank
- Great airflow features (4 different settings)
- Looks stunning
- It’s very heavy and tall (twice as heavy as the Atlantis)
- It’s wider than most mech mods so will need to use the beauty ring included (doesn’t actually look that bad in my opinion on a mech, see pic)
- Very top heavy on mini box mods and mech mods
- Juice sometimes gets trapped between the stainless steel frame and the glass
- Slightly more expensive than the Atlantis (but you get a lot more in the Subtank kit)
Pros and Cons of the Aspire Atlantis
- It’s a great size to fit perfectly on mech mods and mini box mods and looks awesome (see pics)
- It’s half the weight and a lot shorter than the Kanger subtank
- The Atlantis is slightly cheaper than the Kanger sub tank
- The kit comes with a replacement pyrex glass (useful as we broke the first one!)
- Flavor is amazing, especially on a 50/50 PG VG e-liquid
- The vapor production was exceptional
- The four air flow options are spot on (should be something there for everyone)
- Wide replaceable drip tip
- The tank capacity (2ml) is too small, as the Atlantis gets through the e-juice very quickly (Aspire are now selling an extension to make the tank 5ml big)
- The vapor production was warmer than that of the Subtank
- I got a little spit back from the Atlantis, which scorched my tongue a few times!
- You cannot use old Aspire Nautilus coils on the Atlantis
- Only the option of the 0.5ohm coil, no coil above 1ohm or RBA (you can however rebuild the coil provided in the atomizer)
Well both tanks when using the 0.5ohm coils produced amazing flavor. It is hard to say which is better for flavor. I preferred the Subtank slightly over the Atlantis as I think its horizontal coils give it the edge when it comes to flavor. However some people prefer the Atlantis, so it’s a tricky one to decide and will come down to personal preference!
Again this was a really even playing field on the 0.5ohm coils. I would say the Atlantis produced that little bit more, but again some will disagree with me here. I’d say the Atlantis just edges this one.
The Atlantis retails around the $20 mark and the Kanger Subtank at around $26. I do think you get so much more with the Subtank kit, with those two different coils and the RBA, as well as all the accessories. The replacement coils cost around $10 for a 5 pack of each brand, so no real difference there. Overall the Aspire is cheaper, but you get more versatility and more for your money with the Subtank.
The big upside to the larger size of the Kanger subtank, is its massive 6ml tank capacity – three times as much as the 2ml tank in the Aspire Atlantis. Aspire are however now selling the additional 5ml tank replacement. The subtank wins this battle.
The subtank features the two coils (0.5 and 1.2ohm) and also the RBA. This caters for a massive range of different vapers. Those who like using the glassomizer style tanks have something, those who want an easy non rba sub ohm have something and the builders also have the RBA.
The Atlantis on the other hand only comes with the 0.5ohm coil and although you can rebuild it, it isn’t comparable to the Kanger RBA.
The Subtank wins this battle hands down as it will appeal to a much greater audience and will give people the chance to try RBAs as well as having the normal coils to fall back on, if RBAs isn’t their thing.
Overall they are very evenly matched tanks and it will depend on what you are looking for. Those who want to play around with the RBA will prefer the Subtank. Those who want a bigger tank will probably also want the Subtank. The subtank is also a good option for non sub ohm batteries with its 1.2ohm coil, so intermediate vapers will be able to use this with their normal batteries and mini box mods etc.
For me the subtank was a little too big and I didn’t like that it was so top heavy on mech mods. I wouldn’t really take the subtank out and about because of its size. This is where I think the Atlantis is better, despite its smaller tank. The 5ml Atlantis will be a pretty sweet set up.
Equally Kanger have addressed the size issue with the subtank and are launching the Kanger Subtank Mini and Nano! We will do another comparison when we get hold of those two and the 5ml Atlantis extension.